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Split Wing Outfitters | Southeast Kansas

About Split Wing Outfitters

“Split Wing Outfitters started as just an idea in the back of my head as a young kid. Growing up in a hunting and fishing family I knew that I wanted to find a career in the outdoor industry that I was passionate about and that would allow me to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible. After spending a couple years shooting freelance photography & videography in the outdoor industry, I knew that my childhood dream was still alive in the back of my head. It started to become more of a possibility after spending hundreds of days with hunting outfitters across the country, seeing the pros and the cons of owning and running a waterfowl outfitting business. After a sequence of events I had no choice but to either make the leap and create what is now known as Split Wing Outfitters or to go work for someone else. I’ve always had a passion for business and there wasn’t a better time to take the leap and combine my passion for hunting with my passion for business. Once I decided I was going to take the leap I spent countless hours getting logos made and networking with past clients and other people in the industry, along with spreading the word about what is now Split Wing Outfitters. This all started as a way for me to be able to have a job in the outdoors but it has become so much more than that. I’m obsessed with providing people with experiences that leave them speechless and grinning from ear to ear. I can’t wait to see what God does through me and this outfitter for years to come.” 

– Luis Barrett

Owner | Head Guide

MEET THE SPLIT WING OUTFITTERS TEAM

Luis Barrett
Hometown: Neosho, MO

“I grew up as a kid that wanted nothing but to go fishing and hunting on the weekends and over Christmas break. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to live out my dreams. if my younger self could see me right now I know he would be so proud. It seems like just yesterday I was in the deer woods with my older brother learning what it meant to be an outdoorsman. My biggest goal is to make others feel the same way that I felt growing up when I got the privilege to go hunting and experience the glory of all of God's creation.”

Robert Gray
Hometown: Salisbury, NC

“I fell in love with the game of waterfowl hunting years ago. I shot my first duck when I was 14 years old and was hooked. Ever since, I have dreamed of a career that would allow me to work hard doing something I love. Being a waterfowl guide allowed me to do just that. My fourteen-year-old self would not believe me if I told him I was getting paid to guide hunts alongside my dog and friends. For some people, hunting is all about the kill. For me, hunting is so much more, it is my passion. Nothing can beat the feeling you get watching the sun come up as hundreds of waterfowl circle over your head, or the adrenaline rush you feel every time someone calls a shot. I love getting the chance to not only feel this feeling everyday during season, but also help others experience this with me.”

Matt Pennell (Chef)
Hometown: Camptown, PA

"Growing up in a small town with big dreams was not always easy. Most people either went to college, worked in factories or on family farms. I myself had two passions in life. One was cooking and the other was the outdoors. Much of our family time growing up was in the kitchen preparing many different style as much of my family heritage consisted of Italians, Irish, Dutch, and Germans. Everything was home made and done with the best quality ingredients which I take pride in with dishes I make this very day. Hunting and fishing was also a family tradition we all shared. I remember the first deer I harvested and processed with my dad and brother, I was hooked from that very day! As I got older and was introduced into the outdoor industry and waterfowl hunting when I was 14 I grew an everlasting passion for what opportunities were possible. 15 years later after countless dead end jobs and starting a family of my own I started my own BBQ/catering company that I take a lot of pride in and blessed to make my full time job. Thankfully I can share the same passion with my family for cooking and the outdoors as well as being surrounded by people all around the country that love the outdoors just as much as I do."

Garrison Coleman (Guide)
Hometown: Baxley, GA

"I got the privilege to start hunting at a young age and since I shot my first duck at the age of 12 all I could ever think of was guiding hunts out west where there was a surplus of waterfowl. But for me it’s more than just a hunt, it’s a passion that has been handed down from generation to generation before me. Doing something that not everyone gets the privilege of doing and helping other people achieve their dreams of getting a specific waterfowl or if it’s just to get away and enjoying Gods beautiful creation. Guiding hunts for me is not a job, it is a passion that I love to pass on to those who come along on one of our spectacular hunts."